Toddler & Early Childhood - Caring for the Courtyard
The purpose of the environment care materials is to continue the process the child has already started in his home of developing control over his environment. The child unconsciously absorbs the life of his home and the people within it even before he himself walks. When he begins to move, it is important that he begin to do things for himself and to contribute to the life of the home. This activity is continued in school through the room care materials.
A second purpose of these materials is the development of coordinated controlled movement. In the process of doing these activities the child develops independence, security, pride, and responsibility for his environment.